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FloScan FloNet

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonFloScan FloNetHats off to FloScan for developing FloNet, one of the most NMEA 2000-friendly products I've tested. Rather than trying to grab some of the precious space...

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Offshore Systems Pump Control and Tank Display

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Offshore SystemsOffshore Systems Pump Control and Tank DisplayAs discussed in "Know the Flow", flow-based fuel management renders a tank gauge mainly useful for double-checking...

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Know the Flow

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonThese gauges are using twin FloScan interfaces and GPS to calculate nm/gal and more.Oil! I won't belabor the pain felt at fuel docks this season, but I sure am glad to...

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Instruments, the New Generation

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

Do you like the time on your wrist expressed with traditional hands or in digital form? Or has your cellphone display supplanted wrist watches altogether? In a world of ever-...

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Garmin GMI 10

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Garmin GMI 10The 3.5-inch color screens on Garmin's new do-it-all instrument heads looked bright and sharp at the European trade show where I saw them previewed, and they should...

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PAS-Thru Box

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

PAS-Thru BoxLife's hard; your friends are all enjoying NMEA 2000 install benefits with their new gear, and you're still struggling with an unruly mess of NMEA 0183 data...

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ClearPoint Weather

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

ClearPoint WeatherClearPoint is an ambitious new weather service that attempts to go global with features similar to those that have made XM and Sirius Weather so popular under...

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Krill Black Box

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2007

Krill Black BoxFor a while now Krill Systems has been building sophisticated sensor pods that collect all sorts of vessel info—tank levels, switching states, power...

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Interphase SE-200B

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2007

Interphase SE-200BInterphase's SE-200B forward-looking sonar (FLS) can be neatly integrated into most any helm. Its video output can go to one or more of the many multifunction...

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'Lectronics Lab

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2007

Most people, including my wife, call it a "basement," but I prefer to think of the area beneath our Maine home as a multifunctional work area, and a nice hangout. The carpentry...

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Gauges to GUIs

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

Why reinvent the wheel? Faria tapped Maptech to help create Maestro.You can almost smell stacks of freshly stitched and pressed Civil War uniforms as you walk around Faria's...

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Offshore Systems Fuel Gauge

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Offshore Systems’ nifty fuel gauge is built into a stainless steel deck fitting, right where you want it. One version, costing $349, can be used with existing analog tank-level...

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BilgeWatch 8

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

The trouble with automatic bilge pumps is that they can hide a slowly building leak. The BilgeWatch 8 takes care of that issue, monitoring one to eight pumps simultaneously,...

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